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The problem with studying

Updated on March 11, 2012
So many books, so little time (and so little concentration sometimes).
So many books, so little time (and so little concentration sometimes). | Source
This formula is never going to help you if you don't practise doing pure maths questions that involve binomial theorem.
This formula is never going to help you if you don't practise doing pure maths questions that involve binomial theorem. | Source

It requires good footwork to excel in every subject and discipline, especially when you are in high school, that you would be tested on. To have a gargantuan knowledge and be fully confident of the impending examinations, you would have to recline on your chair, on your sofa, on your armchair, on your chaise lounge, on your club chair or any kind of upholstered furniture, and be prepared to sit there for long hours to study despite how hungry you are or how tired you are.

It sounds very grueling and vapid to many students, especially those who don't take studying too seriously, but for the case of hardworking, truly meticulous students, they would also feel stressed, and even suicidal. Studying, indeed, takes a lot of time to read and assimilate, but the knowledge gleaned from textbooks and notes do not necessarily help in tackling the questions in examinations. That is the kernel of the problem of studying.

We often envy students who flaunt their abilities, as shown in their marks, and who gloat over their achievements. But who knows their genuine secrets? No one knows the bona fide stratagem since every student has each of their singularly abilities, and each of them has foibles of their own. The problem with studying is that the content we gleaned from textbooks are not directly useful, instead, it must be applied indirectly through the application of various questions. Then, one will ponder over the question: is buying textbooks and studying them day and night desultory? Are they unworthy?

Albeit these may not be true in some countries and education systems, they are often conflated from the countless jeremiads students voice. As a student last time, I had also experienced this bane. Since I had studied the more advanced courses, I could not moan much. But who would want to ensconce in their status quo and be happy being ordinary? Recently, there are more intelligent students who can score distinctions, and they form a larger percentage of the total cohort of nearly every school. That makes all the more exigent to study harder, but rarely, smarter. Everybody, who wants to get distinctions, overlooks the fact of studying smarter. They are foisted, or perhaps, foist themselves, on enrichment books, tuition classes and the like. if not for excelling in their studies, they would find their life insipid, or worse, see themselves as an underachiever and want to take vengeance.

What is the true purpose of studying when most of our knowledge could not be put to good use during examinations? One student, whom I know, said that he needed to think longer than he expected to understand certain Physics questions (he is taking Pure Physics, by the way). Perhaps it just a fluke to get a distinction for every subject you are taking?

We have so many books, but so little time. Nay, we have so many books and have sufficient time to study, but the examinations are too absurd. Now that should be the right way.


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      sangeeta verma 4 years ago from Ludhiana India

      This hub is very useful for the student. Even I feel the same the more you read the more you will be able to store in your brain.

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      glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

      I am so grateful that I have graduated already because I feel that the level of competence among students rises more and more with each class!

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      There are many in Educational system who feel that the current methodology of educating, assessing and setting exam outcomes fails many of the new generation who don't believe acquiring a degree is a way to salvation ( they're right too) Education should be the scaffold within which the learner constructs learning strategies on subjects they are passionate about and should give them enough curiosity and creativity to explore wider.

      While many educators attempt wonderfully creative ways to do this, they are constrained by the overarching system that no one dares to change!

      Well written, with such captivating vocabulary as Denise has already commented.

      We need divergent thinkers with the ability to use the right and left brain!

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      Deng Xiang 5 years ago

      Thank you all for your comments!

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      Dallas W Thompson 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Education is what you want it to be... It presents the possiblity of acquiring "tools" to be a problem solver. If a student chooses to just get by... they get by.. Many students later learn to apply themselves. Life present opportunitites. We have choices.

      Students have much more to learn than their parents. Life is much more demanding and complicated. Most of what the students learn will not be true when they become an adult. The body of knowledge is a foundation. It is not a panacea...

      Some adults do not "get it." Some are happy not getting it...

      The basics for students are simple: to be a problem solver... To learn discipline. To learn to delay instant gratification... Flag up!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Interesting hub about the problems with studying.

      Wow-I have to say I was impressed with the choice of words throughout this hub-some of which I was unfamiliar with.

      From my understanding of what you present here-students are studying long and hard only to find that the exams don't reflect the nature of the problems they study. Am I on the right path here?

      In the U.S. I am noticing a huge breakdown in our education system. It is sad and alarming-and frustrating to teachers and parents who care.

      In my nephews school they do not push these students And, the students who do show top grades aren't necessarily smart-they just do the bare minimum to get by, but in comparison to the ones who don't do anything they appear to be 'geniuses'. OK, so I am exxagerating a tiny bit...

      I feel students are graduating without really getting the basics. So many students in my nephews classes are there to take up space and they disrupt class.

      Wonderful job on this hub-Welcome to hubpages. :)